Divorce Mediator in Dakota County
Offering an Alternative Divorce Resolution to Residents of Hastings and the Surrounding Areas
When couples litigate issues before a judge, the emotional toll and the expense increase exponentially. Fortunately, there are ways to simplify your divorce and reduce costs, while still achieving your goals for your future. For many couples, mediation is a useful tool for removing impediments to a settlement on important issues.
Common divorce issues include:
At Martha Sullivan, Attorney at Law, our experienced family law attorney has the knowledge and skill to guide you through the mediation process toward a mutually acceptable, cost-effective resolution of your most contentious divorce issues.
Speak with our Dakota County divorce mediation lawyer by calling (651) 998-7589.
How Divorce Mediation Works
Forms of mediation differ slightly from state to state, but in all jurisdictions an impartial third party, the mediator, meets with the spouses to work out a voluntary agreement. Over the course of several sessions, the mediator listens to the spouses, assesses the issues before them, and guides them toward a mutually acceptable resolution. However, the mediator cannot impose an agreement on the couple. If mediation fails, unresolved issues are held for trial.
Benefits of Mediation
The best way to control costs during divorce is to negotiate a settlement agreement of all the ancillary issues and present it to the court for approval. Even if you don’t achieve a complete agreement, you can settle most issues and hold the remaining points over for trial. When traditional negotiations fail to resolve disputes over custody, support or property division, many couples go to mediation.
Mediation offers the following benefits:
- Reduced costs
- Flexible scheduling
- Speedier than trial
- Protects parties from adverse court orders
Mediation has proven so useful that several states have enacted mandatory mediation before the court will schedule a hearing. In states where mediation is not automatic, a judge may order mediation before placing the case on the court calendar.
Contact Our Dakota County Divorce Mediation Attorney
At Martha Sullivan, Attorney at Law, we help to ensure that you are fully prepared for your mediation sessions. We review your progress; we scrutinize all proposed agreements and draft counter proposals that protect your rights.
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